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April 22, 2019

Town Hall closed through Thursday to remove mold
CLOSED NOW -- OPEN FRIDAY - Town Hall will open Friday after the mold that has spread from the bank vault into the front office is removed, the rooms cleaned and everything is back in shape to be open for business. Call Town Hall Friday to check in before making the trip. - Photo by Ken Stern
CLOSED NOW -- OPEN FRIDAY - Town Hall will open Friday after the mold that has spread from the bank vault into the front office is removed, the rooms cleaned and everything is back in shape to be open for business. Call Town Hall Friday to check in before making the trip. - Photo by Ken Stern
Town Hall will be closed through April 18. That was the surprise agenda item at La Conner’s April 9 Town Council meeting. The closure dates were announced on the Town’s website April 10. Mold in the Town Hall bank vault has spread into the front reception area. It requires immediate maintenance to ensure staff safety. Signs were on the front doors before the end of last week. Closure started Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Braves grid team enjoyed banner 1968 season
While searching for photo albums and scrapbooks prior to a recent family reunion, former Pleasant Ridge residents Jim and Kay Frey came across an unexpected gem.
It was a plain, parcel-sized envelope filled with yellowed news clippings.
Not just any clippings, mind you.
These were from more than a half-century ago, dating to the fall of 1968.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wheelchair-bound speaker has uplifting message for La Conner students
Todd Duitsman remembers the exact minute he went from being an active sports-oriented realtor and businessman to a paraplegic bound to a wheelchair.
He was, both literally and figuratively, riding a wave of high expectations, full of life and believing all things were possible.
But the wave crashed hard. 
Five years ago, Duitsman and his family were enjoying their second Hawaiian vacation in three summers when a sudden body surfing accident profoundly altered the 45-year-old Lakewood man’s perspective.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm for Impromptu Parade
It wouldn’t have been a Tulip Parade without some wind and rain.
Fortunately, there was much more in the forecast here on Saturday – at least in terms of colorful entries that lightened even the gloomiest outlook.
As has been the case each April since the late 1980s, La Conner didn’t let drizzly, gusty conditions blow an opportunity to put its best foot forward.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Coupeville crowd adamant against jet noise
COUPEVILLE — The U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead to bring 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to its Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, having rejected every request for studies, mitigation and citizen collaboration to reduce jet noise. Friday night 350 area citizens and members of the Sound Defense Alliance crowded into Crockett Barn, near the Whidbey Island shore west of Coupeville.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Swinomish celebrate opening of newly expanded dental clinic
There was a time, not all that long ago, when dentistry on Swinomish Reservation was conducted in a single-wide trailer by young practitioners using outdated instruments.
Tribal officials today like to think of those days as ancient history.
That view was reinforced with the much-anticipated grand opening and blessing of the gleaming new expanded Swinomish Dental Clinic Thursday morning.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

MoNA membership meeting calm, optimistic
The 2019 annual MoNA (Museum of Northwest Art) membership meeting could not have been more different from 2018’s for the seven board members or the 25 or so members they faced in the second floor Museum gallery. From the essential tangible, the budget, to the critical intangible of community relations and pulling together, board and members were in agreement.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Janet Laurel exhibit closes Friday
Janet Laurel’s show at Cassera Gallery Stanwood, “Flowers, poems, birds, frogs & bones,” closes April 12.
A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Laurel pursued art as a means to express her love of nature with an emphasis on Asian art and philosophy. Her talent was made classic through schooling in calligraphy and Sumi painting with noted artist George Tsutakawa. The ancient technique of Sumi became her favorite form of artistic expression with its sweeping, shaded lines providing the perfect medium for intense vision; affording her the ability to dance between East and West.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

For, against Navy expansion meetings
The U.S. Navy wants your “substantive pubic comments” on its plans for Northwest Training and Testing in an area stretching from northern California to southeastern Alaska, including Puget Sound and “certain areas within the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, and at Navy pierside and harbor locations within Puget Sound,” its website states.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Rally for Mueller report release in Mount Vernon
Skagit Valley citizens wanting the Mueller Report released to the public gathered on the steps of the County Courthouse in Mount Vernon on Thursday. Indivisible Skagit organized the rally. Signs included “We Paid for It” and “Let us read the damn report.”
Sue Bloomfield organized the event. She wants U.S. Attorney General William Barr to release the unredacted report to Congress, the House Judiciary Committee and the public.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tulip festival has started in Tulip Town
April attracts visitors to the Skagit Valley’s tulip fields. Tulip Town, on Bradshaw Road is ready.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

'Time capsule children' chosen for museum's centennial
It’s never too early to look ahead.
Even for an historical museum.
That’s especially true of the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. Staff announced the names of the children to assist in opening its 100th anniversary time capsule in 2069 at the reception and program re-filling and re-entombing the box March 28.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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